Tour Dates

19-22 June 2015 and 26-29 June 2015

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Arrival Day 1 (Orientation to the Western Front)

  • Meet at Dover for a morning ferry to Calais. The ferry journey is usually 90 minutes in calm weather.
  • Ride towards Albert, briefly stopping at Vimy Ridge Memorial (subject to time and weather).
  • Ride to Albert (2 hours) for lunch and tour briefing.
  • Orientation ride to La Boisselle, Ovillers Cemetery and Pozieres memorials
  • Optional evening rideout (venue depending on the weather)

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Day 2 (Opening of the Battle 1 July)

  • Short ride to Fricourt village. Visit the German cemetery. Ride along the 1 July lines through Becourt, Mametz (Dantzig Alley), Montauban, La Boisselle, Ovillers, visit to Thiepval Heights.
  • Visit to Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme (1 hour)
  • Ride on towards Auchonvillers, past the Ulster Tower (brief visit) to Beaumont Hamel
  • Visit the Newfoundland Park and Hawthorn Ridge, Y Ravine and 51st Division Memorial
  • Ride on to Beaumont Hamel village and north to Serre/Gommecourt left flank
  • Return towards Albert
  • Ride to Peronne, afternoon visit to he Museum of the Great War
  • Optional evening rideout (venue depending on weather)

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Day 3 (The Battle continues)

  • Ride north from Albert towards Martinpuich, Contalmaison and Bazentin-Le-Petit. Visit the site of the doomed cavalry charge, Caterpillar Valley and Flatiron Copse cemeteries, Longueval village, Delville Wood and Trones/Bernafay Woods, Ginchy and Guillemont.
  • Ride towards High Wood, through machine gun alley and on towards Flers and Courcelette villages.
  • Ride further north towards Warlencourt and the Butte de Warlencourt. Ride on to Fromelles.
  • Evening ride out to Neuve-Chappelle Memorial

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Day 4 (The Somme halts)

  • Northern reaches of the Somme advance, Le Transloy to Bapaume.
  • Ride to Arras to visit the Carriere Wellington
  • Visit the Vimy Ridge trench system
  • Ride to Calais
  • Return ferry at approximately 16:00

 

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Longueval to High Wood